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Top 5 nTop Live Videos

The team at nTopology have been releasing short videos showing the capability of nTop Platform on a weekly basis that we call nTop Live.

Duann Scott
September 29, 2020

The following are five of the most popular videos from 2020 so far.

First up, we have an industrial design application of nTop Platform showing you how to create surface textures on a shoe midsole including the use of a pressure map to drive the textures.

In this video you will learn how to:

  • Use a pressure map to customize the density or thickness of a lattice or 3D printed foam
  • Design and apply custom textures and traction patterns to the sole of the shoe
  • Create a library of custom and reusable workflows and quickly explore design variations

Download the files used in the demo here.



Next up, we have another industrial design application showing you how to create textures on a phone case using computational design techniques to quickly iterate designs without using bitmaps or any other external images to drive patterns.

In this video you will learn how to:

  • Quickly apply dynamic performance textures to consumer goods with a single block using the architected materials toolkit
  • Modify part performance and aesthetics with data to create dynamic and sophisticated patterns using unique modeling methods only available in nTop Platform
  • Combine, blend, and transition between textures using powerful boolean and mix functions to create unprecedented designs

Access the files used in this recording here.



In the next video, we show you how to automate and parameterize the design of an advanced heat exchanger for any available space and performance requirement in nTop Platform.

Learn how to:

  • Use complex geometry and gyroid structures to design advanced heat exchangers
  • Generate heat exchanger labyrinths and barriers based on performance requirements
  • Automate and repeat your workflows to accelerate your iterative development

Access the files used in the demo here.



Voronoi lattices are one of the most popular advanced geometric structures. They are used as structural ribs to increase stiffness, shock absorption elements in 3D printed foams, or just to improve the aesthetics of your designs due to their organic look.

In this nTop Live we give you a crash course on Voronoi lattice structure design in nTop Platform. Evan Pilz, Application Engineer here at nTopology, explains how to control every aspect of their geometry to achieve your specific design goals.

Watch and learn how to:

  • Apply a Voronoi lattice on any surface that conforms to its geometry
  • Spatially control the size, spacing, thickness, and height of each unit cell
  • Blend the lattice with your part and reuse the workflow to explore design variations

Download the files used here.



And finally, Multiphysics Analysis of nTop Platform Designs in Ansys.

Detailed verification of designs in trusted FEA and CAE tools is essential during the development of engineering products. nTop Platform integrates easily with all state-of-the-art analysis tools to allow you to verify the performance of your advanced geometries.

In this nTop Live our Technical Director of Aerospace, Ryan O’Hara, demonstrates how an advanced electrical heat sink generated in nTop Platform can be quickly and easily exported to Ansys for detailed analysis.

Watch this video to learn how to:

  • Correctly prepare and export your nTop Platform designs for CAE and FEA
  • Run a quick analysis of an electrical heat sink using Ansys Discovery Live
  • Perform a detailed analysis of the same heat sink in Ansys Mechanical

The design of this advanced heat sink is covered in part 1 of the series.

Download the files used in this demonstration here.




If you want to try this at home you can request a demo.

More videos of how to use nTop Platform can be found here.

Written by
With a background in Industrial Design, Duann is passionate about changing the way we approach design to unlock the potential of emerging manufacturing techniques. Quitting his Ph.D. in Australia to move to the United States to live out his thesis, Duann was soon recognized by the New York Times as a leading evangelist for the new business models these tools open up. Duann is VP of Marketing at nTopology.

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